The famous TV journalist and publisher of “To Vima” newspaper Themos Anastasiadis will spend 19 months in jail. This was decided by the County Court with three members in Athens. The reason is because one year ago, the newspaper published apocalyptic photos from intimate moments between the former Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Culture Hristos Zahopoulos and his subordinate Evi Tzekou.
The sentencing accusations for Anastasiadis and his editors were for violating the personal data laws and the law for indecent publications. The convicted was also fined with 8 500 Euros each. The judicial claim was put in by Evi Tzekou, who is also the main defendant in the Zahopoulos case.
A defendant in the case was also Makis Triandafilopoulos but his name was taken out of the case even though back then he was also a partner in the “To Vima” newspaper. Mrs. Tzekou did not bring an accusation against him, because he publicly announced that he was against the publication of the photographs.
When she testified in the case, the plaintiff said that those pictures disgraced her in front of the public. Evi Tzekou said that publishing those photos is revenge from Themos Anastasiadis because she involved him in the Zahopoulos scandal. The lawyer of the defendants justified the publishing by saying that back then the Zahopoulos case was of interest to the publish, which is why the photos were published as well.
Let us remind you that Hristos Zahopoulos resigned as a chief secretary of the Ministry of Culture during 2007 and after that he tried to kill himself by jumping from the balcony of his house. Consequently we found out that he was black-mailed by Ms. Evi Tzekou, with whom he has been intimate. She used to be an employee with a contract in the Ministry of Culture, who decided that she has the chance for a permanent job status.
During one of her intimate meetings with Zahopoulos, Tzekou filmed everything that happened and used the tape to black-mail the chief secretary. Part of the film gets into the hands of the editors in “To Vima” newspaper and they publish an extensive photo material during January 2008.